President leaves for eye operation

President Mugabe, who was leaving for Singapore, bids farewell to Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Retired Colonel Christian Katsande, while Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba, director of Protocol Ruth Chikwira and principal director in the Ministry of Information Mr Regis Chikowore look on at the Harare International Airport yesterday. —

President Mugabe, who was leaving for Singapore, bids farewell to Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Retired Colonel Christian Katsande, while Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba, director of Protocol Ruth Chikwira and principal director in the Ministry of Information Mr Regis Chikowore look on at the Harare International Airport yesterday. —

Senior Reporter
President Mugabe left the country yesterday for Singapore for a procedural eye cataract operation. The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces left soon after he officially opened a Cabinet session. He was seen off at Harare International Airport by Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Colonel (Retired) Christian Katsande, senior Government officials and service chiefs.

Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba told The Herald that the President was going for a second operation, this one to his left eye, which was procedural. “You do not do both operations once. He was done the right eye and now he is going for the second one.
“This was a date set well before last year which the President has to honour.”

Mr Charamba said the President would be back in the country at the weekend, “well in time for the 21st February Movement celebrations scheduled for Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera next Sunday”.

Vice President Joice Mujuru is the Acting President.
The 21st February Movement celebrates President Mugabe’s birthday and will this year be held under the theme “Zim-Asset — Growing the Economy for Youths Empowerment and Employment”.
President Mugabe turns 90.

The 21st February Movement was established in 1986, to encourage youths to emulate the self-less character and leadership qualities of President Mugabe.

It is a day of retrospection and symmetrical recognition of the well-documented life of President Mugabe, born on the day in 1924.

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  • Mutungamiri

    Typical costs of simple widely available same-day cataract surgery are around US$1600. Even if unbelievably not a single Zimbabwean is qualified to perform the operation, there are hundreds of specialists in South Africa with all the latest state of the art equipment.
    When the nation is struggling to finance critical food imports and suffering so many financial scandals, citizens understandably question Presidential expenses of a round trip to Singapore together with his usual entourage, when viable options for such a straightforward procedure are available much closer to home.

    • Marodza

      shame on you. Is that the only contribution you can make. Be wise and old mentally.

      • Gaba Rinocheka

        Shame on you as well, chawagumbuka chii? Mutungamiri ane point iri valid, dont abuse him/her just present your counter argument tione kuti une njere here. Maybe hauna kunzwisisa zvaari kureva, make a habit of reading twice before criticising. nxaah!!!

    • Sangodema

      Kumboti kuSouth here inga Guramatunhu anoita wani

  • Mimi

    This is surely a 1st in the history of Zimbabwe for the nation to be informed on why the President is travelling to Singapore. Get well soon Gushungo. Zimbabwe needs you to come back in one piece and fight the war on corruption head on. Of course those who hate Mugabe will cry foul at why the President has to have an eye operation outside the borders of Zimbabwe but veduwee Zimbabweans let’s be realistic, being President entitles one to some benefits that no ordinary person can ever have. And given what Gushungo has had to go through for the sake of Zimbabwe, he deserves it.

    • Wolves Witches and Giants

      “the President has to have an eye operation outside the borders of Zimbabwe but veduwee Zimbabweans let’s be realistic, being President entitles one to some benefits that no ordinary person can ever have”

      Mimi, really C’mon Sis you know there is underlying issues to do with the state of our hospitals that makes such a trip necessary. And you know where the buck stops at in Zimbabwe. That is enough to get an insight on how morally wrong such a trip is.

    • Sangodema

      ndange ndawirirana newe pakuti at least taudzwa y abuda but kumberi uko wange wongowawata

    • Truthfulness

      Ko angadai achiri kuda 3 of best doctors in Zimbabwe on such missions vonoonawo zvaari kuno itws kusingapore so that that same procedure he goes for can now be done back home by his own indigenous people ko nod confidence yacho ka and leading by example that we are the best?

  • tiger

    mwari atungamire

    • Mremba

      Patient’s Charter, Right to choose a Doctor of your own choice depending on your financial status.plus iwe who are you to be told everything.shld the Father inform you what he does with the Mother in the bedroom?.know your limits ana kamba!.

      • tiger

        very sorry vamuremba , l dont see anything wrong by saying mwari atungamire kuti President wenyika yedu arapwe zvakanaka. zvese zvawavakutaura zvemubedroom l dont know kuti wapindwanei. l have a right kunamatira mutungamiri wenyikayangu nokuti ndinogutsikana naye . dai mwari akubatsirai vana mremba nokuti munenge musingazivi vanhu vekutuka nechokuvatukira verysorry. to my President l wish yu a very safe op

      • tiger

        mremba kunamatira kuti president wedu afamba zvakanaka handioni mhosva yekusvika wataura nezve mubedroom. every person have got a right to pray for anyone in the world. mwari tungamira president wedu aitwe op munezvakanaka . shame to you mremba unongo tuka neasina mhosva.

  • Morgan Vharazipi

    Long live our dear leader! Wishing you a successful op!

  • mabwe

    Shame on you all our Medical Doctors!!! Especially the likes of Guramatunhu et al who purport to be eye specialists yet you cannot remove a mere cataract from the eye of the first citizen!!!

    • Bloggah

      Our Medical Doctors are more than ready to perform the operaion. The president is going for other reasons which i believe has got nothing to with the eyes. The eye operation is just a cover up. Even assuming that the Zimbabwean doctors are not capable SA has some of the best doctors and for the record the first successful heart transplant was done in SA.

      • mabwe

        I know Bloggah. Was just trying to pull some legs with sarcasm!!! Manje Singa pore means haupore!

      • Mhamba Yawawa

        You missed the point sahwira. Mabwe is only being sarcastic hama yangu.

  • ryan

    god with u

  • Mugabe wacho

    Zvakaoma Hama dzangu zvatinoitirwa nemutungamiri wedu. Kushaya hanya nemhomho yevanhu inotambudzika munyika asi iye onanga mhiri kwemakungwa kundogadzirwa ziso rimwe chete apa vazhinji vachisvika kuita mapofu nokushaya rubatsiro. And do we need all those people wasting productive time going to the airport to see him off. And is this really worth the news? Oh l had forgotten that there is no productive time in government.

  • Gwandove

    Dr Guramatunhu’s’ Eyes for Africa’ have been doing cataract operations in Zimbabwe since time immemorial and a lot of people owe their eye sight to this distinguished doctor. The President should try him in future in support of Buy Zimbabwe and ZIMAsset!!!!kkkkk

  • mercy nyararai

    GOD BLESS YOU, MR PRESIDENT

  • Tig

    If that is the picture of his departure, what are they all smiling about in a country ravished by floods and executives break world corruption records. What a shambles. Shouldn’t the doctors come instead of him leaving while there is such a mess. Is not 60 000 Zimbabweans facing uncertainty in flooded regions? Wont he even go to inspect?HOW MUCH IS THAT TRIP COSTING THE POOR COUNTRY? AMAIHWEEE!!! Zimbabwe situation is that appalling.

  • Zim 1

    Off on a trip again leaving all the rot behind

    On my face a smile in my suit and tie

    Ever heard an eye for an eye

    I better see if you ask me why

    I feed my kids you feed your kids

    I play to win fair is for myths

    whether you die or I lie

    The last laugh is mine

    • hamatakatambura

      Brilliant!

  • J Zuwa

    Ko Guramatunhu akuchina ere anoite zvemadziso? Anhuwee ndaiti ndiyo inozi ZIMASET yacho

  • Gaba Rinocheka

    Sei vakuru vedu vachingoramba vachinorapwa kuSINGAPORE ivo vaSINGAPORE?

  • Shingai

    Mufambe zvakanaka Gushungo. Hope the op goes well just like the one on the other eye. Mukasike madzoka muone kuti ZimAsset is taken into action.

  • jojo

    I doubt kuti its a cataract problem, he has had that problem for too long for it to be a mere cataract!!

  • Ndega Ndega

    Mugabe’s largest contribution to Zimbabwe was his education policy for all Zimbabweans, it’s a shame that he does not trust his educational products to do a simple eye surgery. Why not invest in a Eye clinic of note in Harare and serve the nation…and save some money! Imagine how proud one Zimbabwean will be to be the President’s eye doctor!

  • new Zim

    god bless you Mr President, wish you well in your cataract operation . we true Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe know your contribution, you want to bring about a revolution and it cannot be overnight, we rally behind you. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again!.God bless you and our wonderful country. LONG LIVE Gushungo!!!!!